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JOB FAMILY: Public Safety
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:This is a responsible human relations and skilled position in public safety. The employee in this position is responsible for the protection of the public's safety, the prevention of crime, and the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws.
COST CENTER #: Public Safety
SUPERVISED BY: (TITLE) The Division, Unite and/or Shift Supervisors

• To support the vision, mission and guiding principles of the city.

• While performing any procedure, all personnel must observe applicable Safety, Health, and Environmental rules and guidelines.

• Attend and participate in training opportunities and seminars relevant to this position.

• Adhere to appropriate city operating procedures, benefit rules, employment, and safety policies/practices.

• Patrols an assigned zone to detect and deter criminal activity and traffic violations.

• Responds to calls relayed by communications officers, including domestic disputes, assaults, burglaries, traffic accidents, lost or missing persons searches, public service duties, stranded motorists, and others.

• Conducts preliminary investigations into traffic accidents and other incidents, including interviewing victims, complainants and witnesses, gathering information and evidence, and securing crime scenes.

• Apprehends, arrests, and processes offenders, including juveniles.

• Provides assistance and backup support to other officers as necessary.

• Provides first aid and CPR to victims as necessary and assists motorists.

• Provides traffic direction as needed for events such as parades, funerals, ball games, and school crossings.

• Testifies in judicial proceedings; may provide security during court sessions.

• Transports prisoners.

• Completes all required reports and forms, including accident and incident reports.

• Inspects and maintains an assigned patrol car and uniform.

• Serves criminal arrest warrants, issues uniform citations for traffic and ordinance violations to violators.

• Assists with job of communications officer, as necessary.

• Any other duties as assigned.

Job has recurring work situations involving high degrees of discretion. The need for accuracy and effective utilization of accepted programs and routines is high. Errors in judgment will waste resources and adversely impact performance. Incumbent operates independently but work is verified. Content of work priorities are determined by supervision.

The purpose of this position is to protect life and property and enforce federal and state laws and local ordinances. Successful performance contributes to the safety and well-being of citizens and promotes the efficient and effective operation of the department.

Contacts are typically with co-workers, members of the court system, attorneys, judges, medical personnel, members of the general public, and law enforcement officers from other agencies.

Contacts are typically to exchange information, provide services, justify matters, interview persons, and resolve problems

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

• High School diploma or GED and one to two years experience, Associates degree preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

• Ability to meet current requirements set forth in the Georgia Mandate Law Enforcement Training Act/Peace Officer's Standards and Training Act and to become GCIC certified.

* Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, criminal and traffic codes, juvenile law, search and seizure laws, city ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures.

• Knowledge of traffic investigation techniques and procedures.

• Knowledge of the geography and streets of the city.

• Knowledge of first aid and CPR.

• Knowledge of the court system and procedures.

• Skill in oral and written communication.

• Skill in operating police vehicles, firearms, and emergency equipment.

• Skill in restraining persons without causing physical harm.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the employee is:

• Frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear

• Occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl

• Occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds

• While performing the duties of this job, the associate may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals

• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus

• The work is performed indoors, in a vehicle, and outdoors.

• The employee is exposed to occasional inclement weather, infectious diseases, irritating chemicals, and life-threatening situations.

• The work may require the use of protective equipment such as masks or gloves.